Harvard Berkman Center’s Media Cloud

Chatted with Chris about this via email, but also wanted to let you guys know about the MediaCloud open research tool from Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society @ http://www.mediacloud.org.

Media Cloud offers a way to quantitatively examine complex questions about the shape and flow of news coverage in the Internet era. It uses the Calais Web service to make it easy to identify trends in online media, including:

· What types of stories are covered by which media sources?

· Where do particular news stories begin?

· What areas of the world garner attention, and which do not?

· How does the blogosphere’s coverage of an issue compare to the mainstream media?

· What role do comments and other participatory channels on the Web play in setting the news or political agenda?

There are a number of great write-ups out there (ReadWriteWeb, ZDNet, etc.) but Jenny Zaino’s interview with Ethan Zuckerman struck me as the best: http://bit.ly/TEXwD

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